Parents of NICU Babies Stand by Jimmy Kimmel's Wife as She Defends Her Husband

Molly McNearney finds support to the tune of thousands of Tweets.
ByNatalie Neusch
Contributing Writer
Published
Sep 2017
Molly McNearney holding daughter next to husband Jimmy Kimmel
Photo: Gabriel Olsen / Getty Images

Back in May, Jimmy Kimmel went live on his show and gave a tearful account of his newborn son’s health problem that required the baby to undergo open heart surgery. Since then, Kimmel has been openly addressing the American healthcare system, recently receiving some backlash over just how vocal he’s been. Kimmel’s wife, comedy writer Molly McNearney, took to Twitter to defend her husband, and now parents who have shared similar traumas with their newborns are standing behind her.

From her personal account, McNearney tweeted: “It would be irresponsible knowing what we know and experiencing what we experienced to ‘stay in our lane.’ Move over. We’re merging.”

Thousands showed their support by commenting or retweeting, showing solidarity with the celebrity duo. Comments included, “We are part of an exclusive club…one in which you instantly become an advocate. Thank you for all you’ve done,” and, “Parents of sick kids are de facto experts in how our healthcare system fails families.” The common thread through the comments was Kimmel and McNearney’s “best use of celebrity and influence.”

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